- 1 [transitive] to take and use something that belongs to somebody else, and return it to them at a later time borrow something Can I borrow your umbrella? borrow something from somebody/something Members can borrow up to ten books from the library at any one time. borrow something off somebody (British English, informal) I borrowed the DVD off my brother. compare lend Which Word?borrow / lend These two words are often confused. You borrow something from someone else, while they lend it to you:Can I borrow your pen? Can I borrow a pen from you? Here, I’ll lend you my pen.
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] to take money from a person or bank and agree to pay it back to them at a later time borrow something (from somebody/something) How much did you have to borrow to pay for this? She borrowed £2 000 from her parents. borrow (from somebody/something) I don't like to borrow from friends. borrow something off somebody (informal) I had to borrow the money off a friend. compare lend See related entries: Buying a home, Banking
- 3[intransitive, transitive] to take words, ideas, etc. from another language, person, etc. and use them, as your own borrow (from somebody/something) The author borrows heavily from Henry James. borrow something (from somebody/something) Some musical terms are borrowed from Italian. Word Origin Old English borgian ‘borrow against security’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German borgen.Extra examples His designs borrow freely from the architecture of ancient Egypt. I borrowed £50 off my mum. I’ll borrow some coffee off the neighbours. She borrowed £50 from her mother. Can I borrow your pen? I don’t like to borrow from friends. I’m borrowing the office laptop for the weekend. You can borrow the book from the local library.Idioms
- 1to still be alive after the time when you were expected to die He’s been living on borrowed time ever since his last heart attack.
- 2to be doing something that other people are likely to soon stop you from doing According to the latest opinion polls, the government is living on borrowed time.
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BrE BrE//ˈbɒrəʊ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːroʊ//, NAmE//ˈbɔːroʊ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they borrow
BrE BrE//ˈbɒrəʊ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːroʊ//, NAmE//ˈbɔːroʊ//he / she / it borrows
BrE BrE//ˈbɒrəʊz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːroʊz//, NAmE//ˈbɔːroʊz//past simple borrowed
BrE BrE//ˈbɒrəʊd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːroʊd//, NAmE//ˈbɔːroʊd//past participle borrowed
BrE BrE//ˈbɒrəʊd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːroʊd//, NAmE//ˈbɔːroʊd//-ing form borrowing
BrE BrE//ˈbɒrəʊɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːroʊɪŋ//, NAmE//ˈbɔːroʊɪŋ//Buying a home, Banking